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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ivory  \I"vo*ry\,  n.;  pl  {Ivories}.  [OE.  ivori,  F.  ivoire,  fr 
  L.  eboreus  made  of  ivory,  fr  ebur,  eboris  ivory,  cf  Skr. 
  ibha  elephant.  Cf  {Eburnean}.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ivory 
  n  1:  a  hard  smooth  ivory  colored  dentine  that  makes  up  most  of 
  the  tusks  of  elephants  and  walruses  [syn:  {tusk}] 
  2:  a  shade  of  white  the  color  of  bleached  bones  [syn:  {bone},  {pearl}, 
  {off-white}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Ivory 
  (Heb.  pl  shenhabbim  the  "tusks  of  elephants")  was  early  used 
  in  decorations  by  the  Egyptians,  and  a  great  trade  in  it  was 
  carried  on  by  the  Assyrians  (Ezek.  27:6;  Rev.  18:12).  It  was 
  used  by  the  Phoenicians  to  ornament  the  box-wood  rowing-benches 
  of  their  galleys,  and  Hiram's  skilled  workmen  made  Solomon's 
  throne  of  ivory  (1  Kings  10:18).  It  was  brought  by  the  caravans 
  of  Dedan  (Isa.  21:13),  and  from  the  East  Indies  by  the  navy  of 
  Tarshish  (1  Kings  10:22).  Many  specimens  of  ancient  Egyptian  and 
  Assyrian  ivory-work  have  been  preserved.  The  word  _habbim_  is 
  derived  from  the  Sanscrit  _ibhas_,  meaning  "elephant,"  preceded 
  by  the  Hebrew  article  (ha);  and  hence  it  is  argued  that  Ophir, 
  from  which  it  and  the  other  articles  mentioned  in  1  Kings  10:22 
  were  brought,  was  in  India. 
 




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